Kingswear is picture postcard perfect, a charming village with row upon row of pretty painted cottages clinging to the hillside on the banks of the River Dart. The views across to Dartmouth and out towards the mouth of the river are pretty good too. But this buzzing village is far from sleepy; there’s a vibrant sailing community, regular annual regattas and a couple of great little pubs and a cafe. Throw into the mix nearby magnificent historical houses, a wildlife conservation park and some of the best beaches on the doorstep – we think you’re onto a winner.
Get on the water…
Kingswear is the perfect village for watersport lovers. Located at the mouth of the estuary, there is plenty of space on the water for all. From sailing boats to canoes and paddleboards, the harbour is always buzzing with activity.
If you can’t get enough of the water, take a trip to one of the beaches nearby. Some of South Devon’s best beaches, such as Blackpool Sands and Thurlestone Sands, are within easy reach when you are staying at one of our Kingswear holiday cottages.
Stroll along the coast path
Beautiful coastal trails wrap around the village and are perfect for those who are after a more active holiday. Either take the Dart Valley Trail and follow the river inland to Greenway and Stoke Gabriel or opt for a more breezy route across the headland on the South West Coastal Path over to Brixham. Stop at Berry Head and see if you can spot Mew Stone just out to sea.
Discover the local area
South Devon is an area of the country that is rich in history and there are plenty of National Trust properties to prove it! Just up the river from Kingswear, you will find Greenway, the former home of crime writer Agatha Christie. The estate even features in some of her books. You can reach Greenway on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, or by walking part of the Dart Valley Trail. Coleton Fishacre is another National Trust property just a short drive or walk from Kingswear. The property’s spectacular gardens bloom all year round.